Could Alpine Come to Our Shores?


French automaker Alpine, which is a subsidiary of Renault, could be coming to America.

Don’t cue the Neil Diamond yet — it’s not a certainty, especially from a company that at present just builds one sports car in very small numbers.

That said, a report in Forbes suggests that the brand’s involvement in Formula One has given it exposure in America and China — enough that it might find it feasible to sell cars in those markets.

Renault, of course, has tried to crack the U.S. before, but CEO Luca de Meo suggests that perhaps the company should treat Alpine as a niche marque for wealthy buyers instead of chasing volume.

That said, Alpine has three EVs on the way, including a small crossover, a performance hatchback, and an electrified A110. De Meo further said that the company is working on two larger SUVs, set to debut late this decade.

Platforms could come from Renault’s alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi or perhaps from Geely, which Renault also works with.

Alpine could also use an IPO to fund its plans, but only after it officially separates itself from Renault, which is planned for 2024.

[Image: Alpine]

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